Getting it wrong first time: building an interdisciplinary research relationship

Phil Jones, N Macdonald

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This paper addresses recent debates on the need for greater collaboration across the physical and human geography divide. We discuss some of the problems of producing work that can be considered genuinely interdisciplinary. The paper reflects on a project examining the use of sustainable drainage systems in Glasgow and how we unwittingly produced a piece of social science research looking at a physical science topic. We suggest that more than simply the need for 'trust' between researchers, the actual practice of working together in the field - and, indeed, having the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them - is essential. In working together, academics have a better opportunity to understand each other's intellectual and epistemological framework and develop projects where researchers can move beyond their disciplinary boundaries and weave their expertise into a coherent research output.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-498
Number of pages9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


  • sustainable drainage
  • interdisciplinarity
  • Glasgow
  • methodology
  • human and physical geography


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